Agriculture: Sustainable Development

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Chair, Committee of Selection, Chair, Selection Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to incentivise farmers to use more sustainable farming methods.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

As part of our future agricultural policy, a range of policies are being developed to support farmers and land managers in relation to animal welfare, productivity, and research and development. Farmers and other land managers will also have the opportunity under the new Environmental Land Management scheme to be paid for delivering the following public goods set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan: clean air; clean and plentiful water; thriving plants and wildlife; protection from and mitigation of environmental hazards; beauty, heritage and engagement; mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Sustainable farming methods can contribute to many of the environmental public goods that land managers will be incentivised to deliver through the ELM scheme.

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